Benjamin was chief executive of Morley Builders, one of the largest construction companies in Southern California and one his father founded more than 60 years ago. Among the company's major projects are several well-known downtown buildings, including the former Broadway Plaza (now Macy's Plaza), the Wells Fargo and Security Pacific buildings, and Library Tower (formerly First Interstate World Center).
The NTSB's investigation began the night of the crash, and its officials began inspecting the plane the day after. The probe was put on hold for more than two weeks when most federal workers were furloughed during the recent government shutdown.
Last month, Santa Monica officials sued the Federal Aviation Administration to gain control of the city's embattled airport, which local groups want to turn into a park.